business briefs

• Danita McCartney recently was named Knox Area Rescue Ministries president. She previously was executive vice president, chief operations officer and vice president of development.

• Local EXIT Realty affiliates announce the addition of the following individuals to their teams of real estate professionals: Alda Watlington, Chelsea Ayers, Christina Wiebe, Jasmine Bonilla and Julie Hassmann with EXIT Real Estate Professionals Network at 9821 Cogdill Road, Suite 1A, Knoxville; Mark Boyd with EXIT TLC Realty in Lenoir City; and Al Munsey with EXIT Atomic Realty in Oak Ridge.

• A.J. Heidel, AIA, WELL AP, a project manager with BarberMcMurry Architects, recently earned the credential of WELL Accredited Professional. He joins eight other WELL APs at BarberMcMurry. WELL is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness in the built environment.

• Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful volunteers recently reached a milestone of removing 100,000 pounds of trash from the Tennessee River watershed in 2021. As KTRB heads into Keep the Tennessee River Watershed Beautiful Month, its goal is to remove 125,000 pounds this year.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center/University Health Center recently received Certificate of Need approval from the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency for a Freestanding Satellite Emergency Department in Jamestown, which is in Fentress County, to provide emergency care in Jamestown.

• Charter (Spectrum) recently announced a $30 million Spectrum Community Assist initiative to revitalize local community centers and invest in job training programs across its 41-state footprint. It will support 100 community centers with cash and in-kind donations, including building improvements and job training support.

• SouthEast Bank recently presented a 2020 Ford pickup to Lenoir City non-profit Horse Haven, which rehabilitates injured and abused horses from across Tennessee. Horse Haven sent out an appeal for help when its 2005 model work truck broke down, which stranded a group of volunteers mid-rescue mission and left the Horse Haven team without a vehicle. But SouthEast Bank’s executive mangement team saw an opportunity to assist.

• University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s, 2021 Class of Peyton Manning Scholars recently were honored for their academic, civic and leadership accomplishments at an event attended by Manning Aug. 24. This year’s scholars were freshmen Sidney Bennett, Obinze Nwokochah, Olivia Upchurch and Madison Williams. They join a legacy of 45 recipients, bringing the number of Peyton Manning Scholars to a total of 49. Manning has endowed the four-year scholarship since 1998.

• Bill Lyons has been selected to join University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy staff as its inaugural director of policy partnerships.

A professor emeritus of political science at UT, Lyons began in his new role Monday, Sept. 20.

• Garrison Holmes recently was named East Tennessee crop insurance specialist with Farm Credit Mid-America, serving customers in East Tennessee. He previously served as a crop insurance specialist and financial officer at Farm Credit Mid-America. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Tennessee Technology University in 2016.

• Cherokee Health Systems recently received four Community Health Center Quality Recognition awards, distributed by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The CHQR awards recognize health centers that have made quality improvement achievements in areas of access, quality, health equity and health information technology during the 2020 Uniform Data System reporting period.

Additionally, COVID-19 awards recently were introduced to recognize health centers’ contributions to the public health emergency response for data collection, testing and vaccinations.